The Week in Words: Deficit talks, online deals, GOP strategy

David M. Cote, Honeywell chairman and CEO, leaves the White House after a meeting.
David M. Cote, Honeywell chairman and CEO, leaves the White House after a meeting. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA / Getty Images)
Posted: November 18, 2012

"The president brought up that he hadn't always had the best relationship with business, and he didn't think he deserved that, but he understood that's where things were and wanted it to be better."

- David M. Cote, CEO, Honeywell, after a meeting of business executives with President Obama at the White House.

"Choices made by Jon Corzine during his tenure as chairman and CEO sealed MF Global's fate."

- Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R., Texas) on results of congressional oversight panel on the fall of MF Global.

"It is bittersweet, but these days, it doesn't pay to wait in line when you can sit in your PJs, spend time with your family, and shop online for the same deals."

- Melanie Cortese, 37, of New Jersey, on ending a family tradition of shopping at malls on Black Friday.

"From the outset, we stepped up by responding to the spill, paying legitimate claims and funding restoration efforts in the gulf. We apologize for our role in the accident, and as today's resolution with the U.S. government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions."

- Robert Dudley, CEO, BP, on pleading guilty and paying $4.5B for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We have to figure out how to make our principles more attractive to emerging voters. But if we abdicate those, we become a very different entity."

- Bob McDonnell, Republican governor of Virginia, regarding attracting diverse voters to the GOP.

"Although there are good reasons to be encouraged about the recent direction of the housing market, we should not be satisfied with the progress we have seen so far."

- Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking at a housing conference in Atlanta.

"If we find a relationship between consumption of the product and harm, FDA will take appropriate action to reduce or eliminate the risk."

- Shelly Burgess, spokeswoman, Food and Drug Administration, regarding some energy drinks, including 5-Hour Energy.


Compiled from the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Inquirer.

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